People who believe in a relational, personal deity, conceptualize god(s) as intentional agents with mental states. Hence it follows that mentalizing or theory of mind may be one of the cognitive foundations of religious belief and behavior. This study examined this relationship as it corresponds to reported prayer experiences, intimacy with god, and experience of agentic evil.
Edman, Laird; Sietstra, Chris; Townsend, Molly; Kundert, Corey; DeRuyter, Hope; Muilenberg, Rebekah; Kjer, Virginia; and Harder, Riley
"Mentalizing, Personal Prayer, the Presence of God, and Evil,"
Northwestern Review: Vol. 3
, Article 7.
Available at: https://nwcommons.nwciowa.edu/northwesternreview/vol3/iss1/7